Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Wedding Sessions, The Planner

In this episode of The Wedding Sessions, you will hear Wendy Pashman with Entertaining Company and myself, Anthony Navarro with Liven It Up Events chat about the pros of hiring a wedding planner!

Take a look and watch next month for NEW wedding sessions!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Wedding Sessions, Variety & Options


In this episode of "The Wedding Sessions" you will hear Wendy Pashman with Entertaining Company & myself, Anthony Navarro with Liven It Up Events chat about variety and options of food for a wedding!  Watch and learn more about how to customize your wedding menu!

Watch next month for new wedding sessions!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Wedding Sessions, Plated vs Buffet Dinner

Now that you have selected your wedding venue, we need to decide which way you should serve your guests their dinner.  Should you go with a traditional plated, seated meal or something more modern by having a variety of food stations where guests get up and help themselves to a variety of foods? 


Hear it from the expert, Wendy Pashman, owner of Entertaining Company, on what she has to say.  Watch Anthony with Liven It Up Events tackle some thoughts on wedding planning next week "The Wedding Sessions."

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Wedding Sessions, Selecting A Wedding Venue

Since it is booking season all over again, and couples are getting to get engaged and planning their wedding, I thought it would be a great idea to re-run "The Wedding Sessions."  This is a short series of tips and tricks for people who are planning their weddings.  The videos feature myself and Wendy Pashman, owner of Entertaining Company, a local Catering Company in Chicago.  Our goal was to help create some ideas and give advice on selecting a venue, a caterer, and a planner.


In this first episode, we talk about how you can select the proper wedding venue! Take a look!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Sally, Senior Planner at Liven It Up Events

Liven It Up Events is truly lucky to have the planning talents of Sally Collar on the team!  Sally has been working in the event world for about 15 years!  She is knowledgeable, has an eye for design, and is a calming voice on wedding day!  See how Sally can help make your wedding day a memorable one!

 
Photo Copyright Stephen Garrett Photography


 Sally Collar, Senior Planner, has turned out phenomenal weddings and corporate events for fifteen years, the last twelve in the great city of Chicago. She brings a true passion for combining venue, food, d├ęcor and entertainment to find the perfect creative expression of her clients' vision. Leveraging her personal network and experience in restaurants, hotels, venues and catering, she helps to realize those plans with flawless and budget-conscious execution. At the end of the day, she believes connecting personally with her clients is what makes it all possible.

 Here are some of Sally's weddings & events she has done below!



Sally worked at The Chicago Botanic Gardens with an amazing crew!  Event Creative made this wedding magical and memorable!



This wedding was at the Museum of Contemporary Art with a great spread provided by Wolfgang Puck Catering and floral by Davenport Designs.


Here you will see a co-planned this fundraising event at The Zhou B. Art Center for Lakeside Community Development.  J and L Catering provided food for this amazing cause.



Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Misha, Senior Planner at Liven It Up Events

 Liven It Up Events is delighted to have Misha Newgren on the team!  Misha is a talented planner, loving mother, and as professional as they come.  Learn more about Misha on how she can make your wedding day a memorable one!

Photo Copyright Stephen Garrett Photography
"I feel that I have been an event planner my whole life, it is what I love and it is what I do. I believe that your event is not just an event. I genuinely enjoy each aspect of the event coordinating process. Getting to know you is important to me, as it helps me to understand your personal style and vision. From weddings, to Corporate Galas to intimate dinner parties, each event is given the same amount of time and care and is driven by my passion to create a successful and memorable occasion!"
-Misha Newgren

Here are just some events that Misha has planned!  Take a look!


 Here you will see one of Misha's wedding this year at Cafe Brauer!  It was gorgeous with florals by Stems & catering by Blue Plate.



Another fabulous wedding at The Chicago History Museum with beautiful floral by Scarlet Petal & catering by Blue Plate. 


This whimsical wedding took place at The Nature Museum with J&L Catering and floral by Fleur


Watch on Thursday for events that feature the planning talents of Sally Collar!



Thursday, August 9, 2012

Receptions of all Sorts, Modern Weddings Part 4

In our final recap of wedding receptions of all sorts, we are looking at some modern weddings!  Take a look at some of our favorites!

This first wedding, you can see was at The Rookery.  This was an intimate wedding, with Art of Imagination & Flora who both made this wedding show it's modern, elegant edge!



This next week took place at Cafe Brauer.  (We work at Brauer a ton and love to share our work there!)  With the help of Scarlet Petal and Blue Plate Catering, this indoor space became the bride's dream of having an elegant, back yard wedding!




Finally, one of our weddings that has been a huge hit on Facebook & Twitter took place at the Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier.  With the help of Stefani's Catering creating a customized menu, Event Creative customizing all of the decor pieces, Maggie Speaks keeping the party going all night and Miller + Miller Photography capturing the wedding, it was an affair to remember!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wedding Professionals STAND UP for Marriage Equality


I have to share this story.  After President Obama came out and supported Gay Marriage, I had this little idea that the Chicago Wedding Industry should do something.  I had this vision of mobilizing the masses and create a viral video that would show our support.  We are the ones who make weddings happen every weekend so why should we not support the cause.

It was a larger turn out than I ever thought!  We had over 100 wedding professionals come together to create the first STAND UP video.  From there, I knew it was more than just a video, we had to do more.

I was already working with Cher Garrett of Loft on Lake & KGA Garrett & Associates and together we wanted to do more!  Now, we have created an online platform for business owners & business professionals to become members and show that they STAND UP for marriage equality.


One little idea has turned into an organization that is spreading like wildfire!  After launching the website on July 24th, 2012, we have reached of over 25,000 people on Facebook and thousands of views on YouTube already!  We are hoping to get more members and sponsors to make an impact on creating equality for all!

Take a look at our website at www.i-standup.org

LIKE us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/standup

Tweet us at @istanduporg

and become a member at www.i-standup.org to show your support for marriage equality.

It's amazing what a little idea can turn into!  Whatever your ideas maybe, do not forget to follow through with them!  You never know where they will lead too!




Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Receptions of All Sorts, Traditional Weddings Part 3

In this post, we are looking back at wedding receptions where the ceremonies were in religious institutions.  One was at KAM Isreal Temple in Hyde Park where the reception followed at Cafe Brauer.  The other wedding took place in a church and the reception was to follow at The Palmer House Hilton.  Take a look!




Here you will find the reception that took place at Cafe Brauer.  We were delighted that a few weeks before the wedding, not only was I named Social Event Planner of the Year by Biz Bash, but Limelight Catering was voted Caterer of the year, Event Creative won all sorts of Biz Bash Awards and Maggie Speaks kept the night going all night long.  Fig Media captured the entire wedding on film and because of the talent of photographer Olivia Leigh, we were published in Martha Stewart Weddings!  This was an amazing team of vendors.



Here, you can see our holiday wedding of the year at The Palmer House Hilton!  It was gorgeous and we were so honored to work with Nadine of Fragrant Design who made the bride's dream come true!  It was also amazing when the bride and groom walked in the room and the bride turned around to all of us and said, "Oh my god, is this really my wedding?"  And we were all delighted to say, "YES!"

Watch Thursday for the final recap of Wedding Receptions of all Sorts!



Thursday, August 2, 2012

Receptions of All Sorts, Garden Weddings Part 2

Many times when you have an outdoor wedding ceremony, at least here in Chicago, the reception will be held inside.  See some of the outdoor weddings that we have done and then moved the guests, indoors, or almost indoors for the wedding reception!

 The first look at a garden wedding to the interior is from the Chicago Botanic Gardens.  The reception was held under a tent, over looking a pond with the sides of the tent left open.  Event Creative did a great job with the floral and lighting to make this garden wedding come to life!
 

 Here you will see the indoor space at The Ivy Room.  The room was transformed to look like an indoor garden with lighting by Art of Imagination and floral by Davenport Design!




Here is another look at The Great Hall Cafe Brauer with some lovely florals by Alison at Stems making this room just glow!  As the night went on, the hanging candles from the ceiling helped create the perfect ambient mood!

Watch next week as we look at some more wedding reception transitions!
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